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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1515 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

The amendment also makes a minor administrative amendment to the Act to replace obsolete requirements relating to the health benefit organisations' monthly returns.

Debate (on motion by Mr Quinlan ) adjourned.


MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (5.44): I present the Veterinary Surgeons (Amendment) Bill 1999, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR MOORE: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

I seek leave to incorporate my introductory speech in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

Mr Speaker, the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1965 (the Act) provides for the registration of veterinary surgeons and veterinary specialists in the Australian Capital Territory.

The Board is established to provide registration of suitably qualified veterinary surgeons and veterinary specialists and related matters, in the interests of public safety and the welfare of animals.

It does this by administering the Act through the educational, professional and disciplinary provisions contained within the Act.

All current members of the board are required to be registered veterinary surgeons, however, the person appointed to the position of chairperson is also required to be 'a public servant'.

Prior to self government in 1989 ' a public servant' referred to a Commonwealth public servant, however, since self government, 'a public servant' refers to an ACT public servant.

This lessens the scope of eligible appointees considerably as there are only five veterinary surgeons who currently meet these requirements.

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